Cowboy Pinto Beans

Overhead view of Omar’s Pinto Beans cooking in a Dutch oven with tomato slices and a jalapeno floating on top.

Omar’s Pinto Beans have been a crowd favorite across America in various Dutch Oven and Chuck Wagon Competitions and cookouts. With the technique and flavors found in the traditional outdoor cooking of Texas, it is like eating a part of history.

A perfect hearty meal to boil over any open fire in a Dutch oven or similar sized pot. It can be served as a side to a meat main or as a basic main with fresh bread.

Cowboy Pinto Beans Recipe

Overhead view of Omar’s Pinto Beans cooking in a Dutch oven with tomato slices and a jalapeno floating on top.
Pinto Beans are a common base for cowboy beans and baked beans and are very popular in outdoor cooking in locations like Texas. Perfect for boiling over flames.
Preparation 10 hours
Cook 1 hour
Ready in 11 hours
Servings 12 Servings
CourseSide Dish


  • 2 pound pinto beans
  • 1 quart beef stock
  • 1 quart chicken stock not broth
  • 1/2 pound salted pork cut into chuncks
  • 1 jalapeno
  • garlic powder to tatse
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tomato quartered
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 onion diced
  • salt and pepper seasoned to taste
  • 1 bunch cilantro


  • 12″ Dutch oven


  • Start the beans soaking in the beef stock for a couple of hours, then add the chicken stock and additional water if required to ensure the beans are completely covered. Leave to soak overnight.
  • Drain the soaked beans then add to a Dutch Oven with enough water to cover the beans completely, then add the chunks of salted pork. Bring to a roaring boil for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Add the jalapeno then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Add the garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. Let simmer for about 25 minutes.
  • Add the tomato, green chilies, and onion. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the onion is soft.
  • Taste, and season as required with salt and pepper. Roughly dice the cilantro, then add to your preferred taste to serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 12gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 483mgPotassium: 643mgFiber: 8gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 136IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg

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About Omar Alvarez

Omar started competitive cooking in 2006 after moving to Idaho from California via Texas. He started with Dutch Oven cooking as a novice then two years later won the World Cast Iron Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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